Eric Stefani

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Eric Stefani
Birth name Eric Matthew Stefani
Born (1967-06-17) June 17, 1967 (age 48)
Fullerton, California, United States
Origin Anaheim, California, United States
Genres Ska punk
Occupation(s) Keyboardist, songwriter, animator
Instruments Keyboard, synthesizer
Years active 1986–present
Labels Interscope, Trauma, Atlantic
Associated acts No Doubt, Gwen Stefani
Notable instruments

Eric Matthew Stefani (born June 17, 1967) is an American musician, composer, writer and animator, best known as the founder and former member of the ska punk band No Doubt. He is the older brother of Gwen Stefani and is also a former animator on the animated sitcom The Simpsons.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Stefani attended Loara High School in Anaheim, California. He worked at a Dairy Queen with his sister Gwen and John Spence.[1] He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts 1991.


Eric, Gwen, and John formed the band No Doubt in 1986.[1] The group added several members, performing live shows at Fenders Ballroom in Long Beach. The group started writing original material, much of which Eric contributed. Eric left after the band's breakthrough album Tragic Kingdom was recorded. He and Gwen were nominated at the 1998 Grammy Awards for Song of the Year for "Don't Speak".[2]

Eric found time between Cypress College and the band to learn to work as a layout animator for Cartoon Director John Kricfalusi through contact with Lynne Naylor including Mighty Mouse: The New Adventures, The New Adventures of Beany and Cecil and the Troop Beverly Hills title sequence. Those jobs led Eric to work at The Bob Clampett Studio for Ruth Clampett, where he traced 35 mm film enlargements of original Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig animation frames to create sericels. During that time Clampett told Eric there was a new project upstairs called The Simpsons and that he should take a look.[citation needed]

Eric finished work on a short animation film titled "Frisbee" (2008), released June 27, 2008, and his most recent effort in a series of solo albums is Let's Ride Horses (2007). Pumpin' Water (2001), In Tune (2002), Land of Make Believe (2003), Jazz Circus (2005), The Best of ERIC STEFANI (2008). His last solo album was On Time (2012).[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Vineyard, Jennifer. "Tunes and 'Toons",, February 26, 1998; retrieved August 24, 2007.
  2. ^ "List of Grammy award nominations",, January 6, 1998; retrieved January 11, 2007.

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